Pyritized Triarthrus Trilobites With Appendages - New York


The localities that preserve trilobites with soft bodied preservation can probably be counted on one hand. One of these localities is the historic Beecher's beds in the Lorraine Group of NY. Less than a decade ago a new locality was discovered a short distance away that has produced amazing, soft bodied preservation of trilobites and other organisms. Because of the rapid burial of the trilobites, in an anoxic environment the soft body parts were replaced by pyrite preserving details not typically seen.

This is a very detailed, dorsally preserved specimen with legs and antennae. It measures approximately .74" long including the antennae. This is above average size for these typically small specimens.

Preparation of these soft bodied specimens is a time consuming task. It is done under high magnification using extremely low pressure air abrasion. A specimen like this would have taken many hours to complete.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Triarthrus eatoni
LOCATION
Lewis County, NY
FORMATION
Whetstone Gulf Formation, Lorraine Group
SIZE
Trilobites about 0.74" on 4x1.6" rock
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#64805
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